Beltrami County Sheriff's Office provides new information on discovery of human remains

Beltrami County Sheriff's Office provides new information on discovery of human remains Photo: KSTP

February 06, 2019 03:34 PM

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office now says the remains of what are believed to be two people were discovered at a residence on the 6500 block of Highway 89 NE in Eckles Township Tuesday.

The sheriff's office first confirmed the discovery Tuesday, but a new release Wednesday added additional details.

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It stated the sheriff's office received information Monday from a concerned family member about a possible missing person. The family member said that individual had traveled to the Bemidji/Beltrami County area from the Twin Cities metro area and had not been in contact since the previous week.

The family member provided details, including the vehicle the individual had been traveling in. According to the release, investigation led authorities to discover the vehicle Monday night at the Palace Casino in Cass County - east of Bemidji.

The vehicle was seized and two people of interest were identified. With the assistance of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, both those individuals were interviewed. Those interviews, combined with further information, led authorities to believe a crime of violence had taken place at the residence on Highway 89, the release states.

A search warrant was obtained, leading to the discovery of the human remains. The release said authorities believe the remains of two people were discovered, but that has not yet been confirmed. The remains have been transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy and identification.

Family members of the missing person from the Twin Cities metro area, and family members of an acquaintance of the missing person from the Duluth-Superior area, have been contacted by authorities and are waiting for further information, according to the release.

The release states one of the two people identified as persons of interest was arrested in connection to unrelated criminal charges and is currently being held at the Beltrami County Jail.

The matter remains under investigation.

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